Upper Canada College’s varsity hockey team came up just short of winning the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championship after losing the third and deciding game 3-1 against St. Andrew’s College in Aurora on Wednesday.
The Blues played hard under head coach Brian Green but couldn’t quite put together a second win over the favoured Saints, which lost just one CISAA regular season game and game two of this final series to the Blues while compiling an overall 45-2-3 record. UCC, which will graduate seven of its 20 players in May, was a .500 team this season.
Defenceman Will Reilly scored the only goal for UCC in the final game, while SAC was led by two goals from Warren Foegele, who’s projected by some experts to go as high as the second or third round of the National Hockey League draft.
UCC lost the first game of the series 4-1 at SAC on Feb. 28 but had a better effort on home ice on March 3 and came out on top in a 3-2 decision in a thriller that went to overtime.
The Blues advanced to the final by defeating Nichols School from Buffalo, N.Y. two games to one in the semi-finals. The team lost a 5-4 overtime game in Buffalo to open that series, but charged back with a 2-1 home victory and a 3-2 road win. Nic Royer was solid in the UCC net and Matt Baker, Tyler Burns and Lee Marlowe scored to give the Blues the clinching game.